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Eighty (80) Primary & Secondary School students from eight (8) schools, participated in a Costume Building Workshop yesterday Tuesday 24th January 2017, at the Windsor Park Stadium. The workshop was facilitated by seven members of the Costume Builders Mas Camp, headed by Danley Guye.
This workshop is undertaken annually during the Carnival Season, by the Costume Builders Mas Camp, in collaboration with the Dominica Festivals Committee, and the National Bank of Dominica. The eight (8) schools involved in the workshop included, Massacre Primary School, Grand Bay Primary school, San Sauveur Primary School, Pioneer Preparatory, St Luke’s Primary School, Goodwill Secondary School, Castle Bruce Secondary School and Roseau Primary School.
Speaking on the purpose of the workshop, the Ministry of Education’s Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, Charlene White-Christian, who is also the Coordinator of the school bands on Carnival Monday, revealed that the students were taught skills such as Wire Bending, Mask Making, how to make head pieces, and Tie-Dying T-Shirts.
She added, “This year we are introducing something brand new for the Youth Mas on Carnival Monday, whereby students will be using Tie-Dying and other different means of decorating their T-Shirts, so we will have somewhat of a ‘T-Shirt display of students at work’. This year, we are incorporating this idea in the costume builder’s workshop”.
Christian said the workshop as very successful, and thanked the Dominica Festivals Committee and the National Bank of Dominica for facilitating the students’ participation in Carnival. Danley Guye has been building costumes for over forty years. He said the workshop is important, in that it provides the veterans an opportunity to pass on their knowledge and skills to the younger generation.
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